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Son Of The Bride Review

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Buenos Aires restaurateur Rafael is feeling life’s myriad pressures, compounded by his father’s wish to renew his marriage vows to his Alzheimer’s-afflicted wife.

★★★★

Although the plot hardly sounds like promising material for a comedy, what we have here is a charming celebration of life and love that still has room for acerbic asides on tradition, taste, junk culture, Catholicism and the family.

Ricardo Darín couldn't give a more diametrically opposed performance to his assured con in Nine Queens, while Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro (who last appeared together in the Oscar-winner The Official Version) are enchanting as the lifelong partners whose affection triumphs over the

most debilitating of conditions.

Indeed, Aleandro delivers an unexpected smile before the finale freeze-frame that's pure cinematic magic.

There's a mischievous yet judiciously restrained element of farce evident (mostly involving the failed actor played by Eduardo Blanco), not to mention a superbly-constructed running gag concerning Einstein, Bill Gates and one Dick Watson. So don't leave once the credits start rolling. The pay-off lurks within.